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New Zealand Shooter Planned to Continue Attack When Police Caught Him - PM

16 March 2019

Within hours of the brutal massacre of Muslim congregations gathered for Friday prayers at two mosques in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern stated that "it is clear that this can now only be described as a terrorist attack", a charge that echoed in the statements of condemnation that have since poured in from many Western leaders.

Tarrant, handcuffed and wearing a white prison suit, stood silently in the Christchurch District Court where he was remanded without a plea.

A self-proclaimed racist loaded with weapons killed 49 people and wounded dozens other in two mosques in Christchurch. Tarrant, charged with one count of murder, will remain in custody until his next court appearance on April 5.

"The regulation of guns in New Zealand is categorised as restrictive", say the authors of the database.

Peneha, who lives next door to the mosque, said the gunman ran out of the mosque, dropped what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon in his driveway, and fled. In addition to the dead, she said more than 20 people were seriously wounded.

New Zealand Shooter Planned to Continue Attack When Police Caught Him - PM
New Zealand Shooter Planned to Continue Attack When Police Caught Him - PM

Yesterday Stevie Taylor, who moved to New Zealand from Aberdeen in December, said he "feared for the worst" when sirens started sounding close to the building site he was working at, a short distance away from the scene of the first attack. "The refugee issue and multiculturalism have become politicized and securitized in ways we haven't seen before", says Khalil.

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Mr Sayed, who has been living in New Zealand for over 10 years, told Indian broadcaster NDTV that he had witnessed the man "creep up behind the shooter and hold him until his gun dropped". As a result of the attack, she has upgraded the country's terror threat level from low to high.

'I can tell you one thing right now, our gun laws will change, ' Ms Ardern told reporters.

But, he said, New Zealand Muslims still felt at home in the south Pacific nation.

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Friday's mass shooting has renewed calls for a tough crackdown on New Zealand's gun laws in a country where there is one firearm to every four people.

He also reached out to the Muslim community in Christchurch and in New Zealand.

Another victim of the Christchurch mosque attacks tried to wrestle the gunman's weapon off him in a desperate bid to save others, it has emerged.

"We are now dealing with an unprecedented situation in New Zealand".

Tarrant had worked as a personal trainer, according to the Australian Broadcasting Company.

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Tarrant wrote of Muslims as "invaders", and defined the objective of his attack as "to show the invaders that our land will never be their land", and that "our homeland" will remain as long as white people survive. The AR-15 was used at Port Arthur, as well as a number of high-profile mass shootings in the United States.

Tarrant posted a jumbled, 74-page manifesto on social media in which he identified himself as an Australian and white supremacist who was out to avenge attacks in Europe perpetrated by Muslims.

Politicians in Pakistan and India have also expressed their grief, and shared messages of support to families who may have lost their loved ones. He said he was not a member of any organization, but had donated to and interacted with many nationalist groups, though he acted alone and no group ordered the attack.

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New Zealand Shooter Planned to Continue Attack When Police Caught Him - PM